Strength to be Soft

4 Feb

I was checking on the order status of my cousin’s wedding present, and I came across this quote.  (Target has a great, framed picture if you like it!)  I wanted to share this quote, because it is simple, yet it has so much depth.  I had read the quote before in college, but it resonated more today than it did 4 years ago.  Sometimes we need time to grow in order to gain new perspectives that can change the way we look at the world, others, and ourselves.  This being February, and Black History Month, this quote seems appropriate…“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

It is such a simple and obvious truth, but one that requires great strength of character and softness of heart.  MLK Jr. exemplified peaceful, unconditional love for not just those who would love him back, but even more so for those who would not.  He knew that we can only be truly free when we are free to love ourselves and others just as we are; wonderfully, uniquely created by a Father who desires us to be vessels of His unconditional love.  That can only happen in relationship, and relationship cannot happen in darkness, but must be in truth and light.  Relationship cannot happen in hate and brokenness, but must be reconciled and restored in love.  Love is not easy, but requires us to break down our walls and unharden our hearts.  We must be strong enough to be open and real.  One of King’s books that I love, says it perfectly; it takes Strength to Love.  Seems pretty on Target to me.

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